A ministry at the forefront of creationism, challenging evolutionary science with a biblical worldview.
Answers in Genesis (AiG), founded in 1994 by Ken Ham, is an American fundamentalist Christian apologetics parachurch organization advocating Young Earth creationism. It promotes a literal, historical-grammatical interpretation of the Book of Genesis, asserting the universe, Earth, and all life were created about 6,000 years ago, over a span of six 24-hour days. AiG rejects much of established science in fields like archeology, cosmology, geology, paleontology, and evolutionary biology, emphasizing a worldview that perceives an ongoing conflict between biblical inerrancy and naturalistic scientific explanations.
Our Message and Ministry
AiG’s mission centers on defending Christianity, particularly focusing on questions surrounding the book of Genesis, which it considers foundational to the Christian faith and under significant attack in modern culture. The organization operates under the premise that “facts” do not speak for themselves but must be interpreted through a biblical lens. AiG argues that the same evidence considered in evolutionary science supports a creationist view when viewed through the “history book of the universe”—the Bible. This approach is intended to affirm the Bible’s reliability and expose the perceived flaws of evolutionary theory and an ancient Earth.
Ken Ham and Leadership
Ken Ham, an Australian who moved to the U.S. in 1987, has become a prominent figure in Christian apologetics and creationism, widely known for his 2014 debate with Bill Nye “the Science Guy.” Ham’s work includes the founding of the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter, ventures that seek to present the biblical account of history through high-tech exhibits and full-scale replicas. A prolific author and speaker, Ham addresses a variety of topics aimed at bolstering faith in the Bible’s inerrancy and applying its teachings to contemporary issues. His efforts have garnered significant attention and controversy, reflecting his influence within the creationist movement.
Educational Outreach and Public Engagement
AiG extends its reach through various educational and media channels. The organization’s website, Answers in Genesis, offers articles, blogs, and multimedia content aimed at providing biblical answers to scientific and cultural questions. It also runs Answers TV, a streaming service launched in 2020 as a Christian alternative to mainstream platforms, featuring thousands of videos on creationism, biblical history, and apologetics. Additionally, AiG produces Answers Bible Curriculum, a Sunday school and homeschooling resource that presents a chronological Bible curriculum from a young-Earth creationist perspective.
Controversies and Criticism
AiG’s stance and teachings have sparked considerable debate and criticism from the scientific community, religious groups, and cultural commentators. Critics argue that AiG’s rejection of established scientific consensus on topics like evolution and the age of the Earth undermines scientific literacy and misrepresents scientific evidence. Despite these controversies, AiG continues to have a substantial following and impact, particularly among conservative Christian groups in the United States and internationally.